A few days ago, fifty United States senators came together to urge the NFL to change the name of the Washington Redskins. Led by Maria Cantwell (D), all of the other Democrat senators who affixed their name to a letter and sent it to Roger Goodell demanded a name change. But is this really about Native Americans? Not so fast.
With a huge list of pressing issues on the agenda . . . no, wait. Let’s take a look at parts of what should matter:
Veterans Assistance Care (or lack there of)
Chinese warships attacking and using force to control neighboring seas.
Warming of Russian and Chinese relationship
Obamacare mandates bankrupting states ($36,000 per worker to employers)
Automobile parts price-fixing
One word: Benghazi
Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi STILL being held in Mexico
and on and on and on and on and on . . .
So, why would United States senators focus on changing a football team name? Public records of campaign donations 2012-2013 show the Washington Redskins’ organization giving 97% of campaign donations to Republican candidates. It’s just simply following the money. Well, if this is just based on being offensive, why not change the name of Kansas Jayhawks? No, why not? In 1861, the “Jayhawkers” were a Kansas brigade led by Jim Lane who swooped into the town of Osceola, Missouri (pop. 2,500), looting and burning and murdering the citizens of the town. When all was said and done, only 200 citizens survived. Wait. What about the Notre Dame “Fighting Irish”? Their mascot is a leprechaun with flaming red hair, decked in all green and pointed shoes. Is that not offensive to the Irish? Oh, it doesn’t stop there. Why not change the name of the state of Oklahoma? The word is Native American for “red people.” That surely demands a letter! What about the Orangemen of Syracuse? Google it. Even a local high school in my town is the Red Devils. Yeah, but that means horns and pitchfork right? Nope. They were named the Red Devils from the Native Americans who lived on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia. There are over eleven high schools in the United States who use “Savages” as their mascot. And let’s not forget about the Kansas City Chiefs who play at Arrowhead Stadium and whose mascot rides a horse named “Warpaint.” And who can’t resist the lovable smile of the Cleveland Indians’ mascot Chief Wahoo?!
All that being said, I will ask it again. Why would United States senators key in on the Redskins? I’ve got an idea. Let’s form a new committee and call it Mascot Affairs. Senators can meet and discuss and write letters every week to teams and towns who have mascots that might be offensive to somebody somewhere. It appears that they have nothing better to do. Money is a strong motivator in United States politics. It is quite comical and sad when you follow a trail of money to see what issues are pressing in our nation’s capital. Ever ask yourself why in the world our government is worried about a certain issue? Follow the money. The race card is a powerful tool to get what you want.